Avnet Launches Store on Alibaba’s Chinese B2B Site

Avnet Inc. is expanding its offerings in China by launching a super store on Alibaba Group’s China-focused B2B purchasing and wholesale marketplace 1688.com. Through an alliance with Alibaba Cloud, the electronics distributor will also enable services such as IoT prototyping. As China’s largest wholesale platform for industrial products, 1688.com is home to more than 10…

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TrueCommerce Levels the EDI Playing Field For Small Businesses

Electronic data interchange (EDI) has been a staple of the electronics supply chain for decades. EDI links are used between component makers, distributors and end-customers to share data crucial to managing the supply chain—price, orders, lead times, availability, transaction records, replenishment signals and more. Historically, though, these links have been customized, meaning partners essentially had…

IHS: Top Eight Technology Trends for 2018

From the Internet of Things to the cloud to artificial intelligence, industries are seeing a new wave of technologies that have the potential to transform and significantly impact the world around us. For its latest white paper, business information provider IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) surveyed its leading technology experts to find out how these technologies are coming together…

IDC’s 10 Supply Chain Predictions for 2018

The supply chain is undergoing major changes as the manufacturing sector ramps up its effort to adopt new capabilities and technologies around advanced analytics, cloud networking, the internet of things (IoT), and blockchain. The supply chain’s core goals of improving productivity, quality, service and cost efficiency remain unchanged. However, what is shifting is how these…

Sanmina Assesses Benefits of MES, IoT & the Cloud

Manufacturing was one of the first industries to grasp the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). The ability to wirelessly connect and manage multiple factories and machines provides almost infinite opportunities for cost-savings and efficiency. Global EMS provider Sanmina Corp., which has linked more the 25,000 pieces of manufacturing equipment, is beginning to quantify…

Tech M&A Sets Record in 2016

Global technology merger and acquisition (M&A) deals reached an all-time record of $466.6 billion in 2016, driven in large part by the semiconductor industry, according to EY’s Global technology M&A report: October-December 2016 and year in review report. Digital transformation, led by cloud, mobile, social, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, contributed to…